Friday, 13 August 2021 12:12

Q-CTRL appoints advisory board

Q-CTRL founder and CEO Professor Michael J Biercuk Q-CTRL founder and CEO Professor Michael J Biercuk

Sydney based quantum technology startup Q-CTRL has formed a technical advisory board of experts from several leading US universities.

The board has been formed to provide Q-CTRL with strategic advice to help guide its development of next-generation quantum control technologies.

The board members include:

• Pieter Abbeel, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and Director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Abbeel's focus is deep learning and the application of machine learning to robotics.

• Jason Cong, Volgenau chair for engineering excellence at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. Cong researches automated synthesis frameworks for programmable computing architectures as well as electronic design automation and quantum computing.

• Richard Murray, Thomas E. and Doris Everhart professor of control and dynamical systems at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Murray is a pioneer in the field of classical control engineering with a focus on the application of feedback and control to networked systems.

• Daniela Rus, Andrew and Erna Viterbi professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Rus's research areas include robotics, mobile computing, and data science.

• Birgitta Whaley, professor of chemical physics and director, Berkeley Quantum Information and Computation Center at UC Berkeley. Whaley's expertise is in quantum control theory and applications of quantum and classical feedback and control to quantum coherent systems.

"Our mission is to accelerate the developing greenfield quantum technology industry, and that requires critical insight from outside of our specialised discipline," said Q-CTRL founder and CEO Professor Michael J Biercuk.

"Our technical advisory board has a wealth of experience in advising academia, government, and industry in a diverse number of technology areas, as well as tremendous success in building leading startups."

"Securing their interest in Q-CTRL's mission speaks to the quality of the work we're doing as enablers of a nascent industry with nearly unlimited potential," added Biercuk.

"We're honoured to have this extraordinary collection of global innovators working together on our behalf."

Q-CTRL recently expanded its operations to include building a new form of software-defined quantum sensors that can be applied to Earth observation, climate monitoring, and navigation.

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